Five Football Alumni Influence NFL Postseason

Anthony Firkser scores the touchdown against the New England Patriots.
Photo courtesy of Elise Amendola/Associated Press.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the NFL has turned from the regular season to the playoffs, five Harvard football alumni have influenced the results. One Harvard alumnus will compete in three of the four divisional round playoff games.

Anthony Firkser '17
6-2 | 246 | TE
Tennessee Titans 

Returning to the state where he starred for the Crimson, Anthony Firkser excelled for the Titans on Saturday evening in Foxborough, lifting Tennessee to a 20-13 win over the New England Patriots. Competing just a short trip down I-95 from where he played at Harvard, Firkser led the Titans in receiving yards (23) and tied for the team lead in catches (2) during Wild Card Weekend. With 5:39 to play in the first quarter, Firkser beat a Patriots defender and hauled in a 12-yard touchdown catch to complete a seven-play, 75-yard Titan drive. Firkser is the first player in Harvard history to catch a touchdown in the NFL postseason and just the sixth player in Ivy League history to accomplish the feat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Firkser and the Titans will travel to Baltimore to face the top-seeded Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. 

Tyler Ott '14
6-3 | 253 | LS
Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Ott appeared in the postseason as Seattle's long snapper on Sunday, helping the Seahawks to a 17-9 victory over the NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Ott snapped eight times in the victory and will visit Lambeau Field for a showdown with the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday evening contest at 6:40 p.m. in Green Bay.

Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | C
New Orleans Saints

Facing off with his former team on Wild Card Weekend, New Orleans Saints center Nick Easton helped the Saints to force an overtime in what ended as a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Easton, a two-time first-team all-Ivy League selection in 2013 and 2014, played in 11 games over the course of his first season in New Orleans, aiding the Saints' impressive 13-4 final record.

Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
San Francisco 49ers

Already a Pro Bowl selection for the fourth consecutive season, San Francisco 49er fullback Kyle Juszczyk enjoyed Wild Card Weekend with his teammates resting for the divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings. The Niners finished the 2019 campaign as the top seed in the NFC, concluding the regular season with a 13-3 record. Juszczyk and the San Francisco 49ers will host the Vikings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 228 | QB
Miami Dolphins 

In the season's final weekend, Ryan Fitzpatrick squared off with the New England Patriots and completed 28 passes including a touchdown in the game's final seconds to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Dolphins' victory knocked the Patriots out of a first-round bye and to a matchup with the Tennessee Titans. Across the season's final two games, Fitzpatrick led the NFL in passing yards with 739, including throwing for 419 yards in the Dolphins' Week 16 win over Cincinnati. Fitzpatrick, a 2005 Harvard alumnus, finished the season with 3,529 yards and 20 touchdowns in 15 games played, making 13 starts.